NEW YORK (August 2, 2013) -- Fighter of the Decade, Congressman MANNY "Pacman" PACQUIAO (54-5-2, 38 KOs), the lone congressional representative from the Sarangani Province of the Philippines, and former world champion BRANDON "Bam Bam" RIOS (31-1-1, 22 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., will host their first U.S. press conference announcing their eagerly-anticipated welterweight collision, This Tuesday! August 6, at Jing Fong Restaurant (20 Elizabeth St. -- between Canal & Baynard Sts. -- New York, NY 10013). Media report time is 3:00 p.m., with the press conference beginning at 3:30 p.m ET.
Pacquiao and Rios are wrapping up the Asian phase of their unprecedented seven-stop, 23,722-mile international media tour which included Macau, Beijing, Shanghai and Singapore. Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum and Edward Tracy, President and CEO of Sands China Ltd., will be joining the fighters in New York along with Trainer of the Year Robert Garcia of Team Rios.
Promoted by Top Rank® and Sands China Ltd., in association with MP Promotions and Tecate, Pacquiao vs. Rios will take place Saturday, November 23 at The Venetian® Macao’s CotaiArena™. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.
For Pacquiao, boxing's only eight-division world champion, this marks the pound-for-pound box office monarch's 2013 debut as well as his first fight outside the U.S. since his 12-round super featherweight unanimous decision victory over former world champion Oscar Larios in 2006, which took place in the Philippines. Rios, one of boxing's most exciting fighters, has only fought outside the U.S. once, in México in 2008 when he won a 10-round split decision over Ricardo Dominguez.